Pinky’s Project Life: Fun with Vellum

Hi friends! I’m back to give you guys an update on my Project Life progress. Sad to say I’m about two months behind — trying not to pressure myself to catch up since living a good life is more important than hurriedly documenting it. 🙂

This week I’m sharing a special spread about my family’s Holy Week trip to Crimson, a resort in Cebu — about an hour’s plane ride away from Manila. International readers: We get Holy Thursday and Good Friday off work, so many families travel during this specific weekend. The left side of my layout is about Monday to Wednesday only.

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That card in the bottom right is a sweet note from my teammate. I added another card (cut up a bit to match the extra space) and finally dug into my wood veneer stash to embellish it a bit. And how much do I love baby George? (If you’ve been reading our Currently posts, you’ll know the answer: SO MUCH.)

PMN_2Why yes, that is the packaging of a new lipstick I bought that week!

I love being able to add “real life things” to my albums. Movie and concert tickets make the most appearances. Sometimes business cards from restaurants that I particularly like, and the occasional note from my officemates. 🙂 It just adds another element to my album as a “visual diary.”

 

PMN_3I made this layout last Sunday — the time crunch somehow made me more productive, thank you Ateneo training — so I reverted to what I consider my “classic” style – full-size photos, writing directly on the photo, one to two embellishments per pocket only. I have so many more photos from this trip – but I asked myself what I really want to remember, and only printed out a photo representing each of those things on my list. It helps that I’m on Instagram – the photos I post on IG are usually what end up in my layouts, since (obviously) these photos are the ones I like the best.

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I fill up a Currently card every Thursday and (mostly) try to keep them in the same pocket throughout the album as the weeks go by. It was my first time to bring a blank one on vacation and I’m so glad I did! Lots of little things documented. Plus, I like how much of my handwriting is on display. I used to hate my penmanship growing up and by doing Project Life this way, I’m learning to love it.

The highlight of this week’s spread, though, is the giant 12×12 photo I printed on vellum. Vellum is translucent paper that can have a very nice somewhat-see-through effect when done right. I had seen this post by Jamaica Makes a few weeks earlier, and was blown away by the idea of printing such a large photo on vellum. It looked AMAZING on hers, so I was glad to have found the opportunity to try it out.

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How it looks outside of the plastic protector. It’s so pretty, it could be in a magazine!

I did a little happy dance when I saw that this had come out so well. Important note: my printer can only print as big as 8.5″ by 11″, so I had to borrow my cousin’s large format printer to try this out in 12×12 size. I want to try it on a smaller scale (maybe 3×4 or 4×6) soon though! If you want to try it yourself, many people recommend that you set the print quality to ‘Transparency’ to give you a better finished product. The vellum I use is American Crafts, but I’m not sure if it’s available in local scrapbook supplies stores.

Here’s how it looks on top of the right hand side of my spread:

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Here’s how it looks when the page protector is turned:

PMN_7I quite like how the sun/clouds card matched up with the sky. I didn’t even plan it that way! Also that Happy Easter and This is the Life are peeking through. 🙂

My supplies weaknesses are travel, vellum, and gold – I’m so much more likely to impulse buy when I see supplies that fall under these categories. This layout has them all <3

Registration for our June workshop is now open — come play with us on June 21, 9AM!

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